Forum Post: Montreal Occupier sent to Egypt by OWS dies of gunshot wound. 20 more being sent by OWS for $29K. Zuccotti protesters still freezing.
Posted 4 years ago on Nov. 12, 2011, 4:34 p.m. EST by LarryBudMelman
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A Montreal man has died of gunshot wounds after getting caught up in a violent family feud in southern Egypt three days ago.
The Egyptian news service Bikya Masr said Jean-François Pelland lived in Cairo, where he was a teacher and football coach.
It said Pelland, 24, was touring southern Egypt with a friend when members of a feuding family opened fire on his car Wednesday.
An Egyptian security official said the armed men opened fire directly at the car after the driver refused to stop at an illegal checkpoint in the town of al-Samata.
Pelland died in hospital Saturday. His students have expressed sadness online over the news of his death.
Family feuds and violent revenge attacks are common in southern Egypt, where many families take the law into their own hands and refuse police intervention.
Canada's Foreign Affairs Department said it was aware of media reports concerning a Canadian citizen in Egypt.
Department spokeswoman Claude Rochon said consular staff were working on the matter and were "offering assistance as appropriate."